Can you believe it’s been two years since Lil Kim released ‘Black Friday’? And yet 24 months after the mixtape topped the Paypal 100, there’s been no follow-up album nor any news about one.
Still, as keen appreciators of Kim’s legacy, any sighting of the Queen Bee brings a smile to our face. Case, point, this shot of the femcee on the set of Tiffany Foxx‘s video for buzz single ‘Jay Z’ - which also features the pint-sized icon.
As reported last Fall, Foxx has been anointed as Kim’s protegé, something we’re entirely in support of. Not so much because the New Yorker is the second coming. Rather, it’s due to Kim being better suited to a nurturing role at this stage of her career.
Like Ashanti, she’s made no secret of her disdain for the supposedly “insulting deals” labels are putting on the table to veterans such as herself (see: 360). And with each year reducing the chance of a better deal being cooked up, also dissolved are our hopes of Kim releasing a 00′s album as epic as ‘The Naked Truth’. Or an album of any sort. Such a project requires two components: artistic confidence and a mini-machine to mobilize its cause. Sadly, these are things Kim clearly doesn’t have in her arsenal anymore.
And while that would have made us sad several years ago, it’s a reality we’re surprisingly comfortable with today. Much like a boxer, artists like Kim have their prime and their shine for a period in time. Jury’s out on whether Kim’s run has ended. However, one thing both she and her fans should celebrate is that her legacy is ever-lasting.
Anyway, enough of the rambling…